Super-Lightweight contender Joe Hughes is backing Jack Catterall to defeat British Champion Tyrone Nurse when the foes do battle at the First Direct Arena in Leeds next Saturday, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.
Hughes, 27, is a former opponent of both men and will be keeping a close eye on the outcome of one of the most eagerly-anticipated Lonsdale Belt showdowns in years.
Chorley's Catterall outpointed Hughes to become the mandatory challenger for Nurse's title in a hard-fought battle at the Bolton Whites Hotel in May 2016. Both men refused to concede ground and were locked in a battle in the centre of the ring for long periods of the fight.
Hughes dug deep to earn an impressive draw with Nurse at the Leicester Arena back in April. With Nurse boasting a superior reach, Hughes had to box clever on the inside and did well to wrap up his opponent, who had been out of action for nine months.
"It’s a fight I’m really excited about and a tough one to call," said Hughes. "I fought both so know how good they are.
"It was very hard to land clean on Tyrone. I know he’s been dropped but he can definitely take a shot. To give himself the best chance, he’ll need to stay behind his long jab and use plenty of movement, throw lots of shots from a safe range. He’ll not be able to hurt Jack.
"Jack’s a strong kiddie and, though he never really caught me clean, I could tell he punched hard. He was good all round; good range, clever, knew how to shut the action down when needed. He kept his shape throughout. To win here, he’ll need to apply high pressure, cut Ty off, use his strength, work Ty’s body.
"It really depends on the style that each implements on the night. Jack gave me the harder fight. He deserved his win whereas I thought I beat Tyrone (the fight was scored a draw) so I edge to Catterall. A stoppage is unlikely."
Main event on the card sees Leeds hero Josh Warrington (25-0, 5 KOs) take on the undefeated Dennis Ceylan (18-0-2, 8 KOs) in a Final Eliminator for the IBF Featherweight World Title.
Manchester prospect Zelfa Barrett (18-0, 11 KOs) takes on Chris Conwell (9-2, 2 KOs) for the Vacant English Super-Featherweight title; Leicester starlet Lyon Woodstock (9-0, 5 KOs) takes on Craig Poxton (13-4, 2 KOs) for the Vacant WBO European Super-Featherweight title.
Undefeated Liverpool Super-Welterweight talent J.J Metcalf (16-0, 8 KOs) takes on Leeds native Damon Jones (15-1, 3 KOs) in an official eliminator for the British title currently held by Warren stablemate Liam Williams.
An action-packed undercard also features British Middleweight Champion Tommy Langford (18-1, 6 KOs); former Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and GB squad standout Sam Maxwell (Super-Lightweight, 3-0, 2 KOs); Bradford Welterweight Darren Tetley (14-0, 5KOs); Chapel-en-le-Frith Cruiserweight Jack Massey (12-0, 6 KOs); Doncaster Featherweight Reece Mould (6-0, 2 KOs); Leeds Flyweight Jack Bateson (1-0, 1 KO) and the professional debut of Leeds fighter Jack Daniels.
Undefeated Heavyweight talent Mohamed Soltby has been added to the highly-anticipated Smith v Williams 2 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena card on Saturday 11th November.
Soltby (13-0, 8 KOs) will fight over eight rounds in his second contest in the UK after he demolished Hungarian Ferenc Zsalek in one round at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Manchester earlier this year.
Trained by the legendary former WBO Lightweight World Champion Artur Grigorian, Soltby is hoping to fire himself into Heavyweight title contention with another explosive performance in Newcastle.
"I see a lot of fighters in the UK who are making waves in the heavyweight division," said Soltby. "I know I have what it takes to beat them. I would love to fight the winner of Gorman v Webb, and have one eye on Agit Yabayel, who fights has-been Chisora for the European title.
"Adameck, Wach and Helenius are fights I want in 2018 and I can't wait to show the UK public what I am made of in Newcastle on 11th November. I'm in a hurry to get a belt around my waist and a World ranking, I know I can mix it with the best in the division."
Main event at the Metro Radio Arena sees former WBO Super-Welterweight World Champion Liam Smith rematch with reigning British Champion Liam Williams a WBO World Title Eliminator.
Country Durham’s Thomas Patrick Ward (20-0) will defend his British Super-Bantamweight Championship against Brimingham’s Sean Davis (13-1-0)
Explosive Super-Middleweight Mark Heffron (Oldham, 16-0) another of Ricky Hatton’s excellent young stable of fighters, will also be in action on the card; undefeated Jeff Saunders (11-0) of Sedgefield takes on undefeated Liverpudlian Steven Lewis (14-0)
When undefeated boxer Andrew “The Monster” Moloney steps into the ring at the Melbourne Park Function Centre on Saturday night he will have the rare opportunity to join the illustrious company of Lionel Rose, Johnny Famechon and Jimmy Carruthers.
The 26-year-old super flyweight (52kg) isn’t fighting for a world championship but he is competing for what was once widely-regarded as the next best thing.
The Commonwealth title has made a resurgence in Australia in recent times. In March this year there were three Commonwealth champions hailing from Australia.
For the 2014 Commonwealth Games flyweight gold medallist the title has a special meaning.
“Since winning gold at the Commonwealth Games as an amateur this has been one of my main goals to become Commonwealth champion as both an amateur and as a professional,” says Andrew.
“This is the biggest fight of my career and an opportunity that I will not let slip.”
The world number six contender for the WBA crown currently held by Great Britain’s Khalid Yafai is matched with once-beaten Tanzanian Hashimu Zuberi at “Punches at the Park 6” at the Melbourne Park Function Centre this Saturday night.
“It’s been a pretty standard preparation in the gym,” says Andrew. “Just working hard and worrying about what I do and dictating the fight and hopefully we get the job done.”
Andrew’s twin brother and world number eight super bantamweight Jason “The Smooth One” Moloney will also be in action on the Hosking Promotions card when he faces Julias Kisarawe also from Tanzania in a bantamweight clash.
It will be the first time the twins have faced African opponents as professionals.
“They bring a bit of a different style, they’re always tough, hungry fighters,” says Jason. “I’m sure they’ll provide a good test for us both.”